The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories

by Tobias Wolff

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Variously funny, frightening, poignant, and exhilarating, these collected stories displays the best American writers at the peak of their powers and the national narrative at its most eloquent, truthful, and inventive.

The thirty-three stories in this volume prove that American short fiction maybe be our most distinctive national art form. As selected and introduced by Tobias Wolff, they also make up an alternate map of the United States that represents not just geography but narrative traditions, cultural heritage, and divergent approaches.

Contributors and stories include: Mary Gaitskill, "A Romantic Weekend";  Andre Dubus, "The Fat Girl"; Tim O'Brien, "The Things They Carried"; Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"; Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"; Mona Simpson, "Lawns";  Ann Beattie, "A Vintage Thunderbird"; Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl"; Stuart Dybek, "Chopin in Water"; Ron Hansen, "Wickedness"; Denis Johnson, "Emergency"; Edward P. Jones, "The First Day"; John L'Heureux, "Departures"; Ralph Lombreglia, "Men Under Water"; Robert Olmstead, "Cody's Story"; Jayne Anne Phillips, "Home"; Susan Power, "Moonwalk"; Amy Tan, "Rules of the Game"; Stephanie Vaughn, "Dog Heaven"; Joy Williams, "Train"; Dorothy Allison, "River of Names"; Richard Bausch, "All The Way in Flagstaff, Arizona"; and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679745136
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1994
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 376,430
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Tobias Wolff lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University. He has received the Rea Award for excellence in the short story, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.


Northern California

Date of Birth:

June 19, 1945

Place of Birth:

Birmingham, Alabama


B.A., Oxford University, 1972; M.A., Stanford University, 1975

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Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Order arrived promptly and in great condition, but I haven't actually started reading the stories yet.
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Many diverse short stories that cover a range of not only authors but also topics, themes, and styles of writing. You may not like all the short stories in this collection, but you will certainly find a few hidden gems. Don't read this book from cover to cover, skip around to different stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is packed with 500 pages lots of great, lots of good, and maybe just one or two stories I didn't connect with. I won't call them bad, because anyone is bound not to like something here and there. Overall, it's a fantastic value - definitely outstanding. Tobias Wolff did a great job as editor of this volume. You can read each of these stories in about 20 or 30 minutes. In this collection I particularly liked the stories by Ann Beattie, John L'Hereaux, Mona Simpson, Raymond Carver, Thom Jones, and that guy who wrote Jesus' Son. That guy's story is craazzy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a group of realistic stories of realistic aspects of life in which something such as abuse may have occurred--not just a group of happy stories. It's great if one doesn't want the cold, hard world filtered out of one's stories.